Emergency Drills BOE Policy EBBE / Senate Bill 128 – for All Administrators
Emergency Drills BOE Policy EBBE / Senate Bill 128
from Chief Henry R. Horn
Governor Laura Kelly signed Senate Bill 128 into law on April 10, 2019 changing the number of safety drills K-12 schools in Kansas must perform each year from sixteen (16) to nine (9).
As schools across the state of Kansas know, Senate Bill 109 passed in 2018, schools were required to change the number and type of drills conducted during the school year.
The change required schools to conduct nine (9) crisis drills, four (4) fire drills and three (3) tornado drills during the school year, for a total of sixteen (16) drills per school year. The change was positive in bringing about crisis drills to schools, however the total number of drills proved to be overwhelming for many school districts.
With that in mind, Senate Bill 128 was introduced to change the number of drills requested for schools. The bill changes the total number of drills from sixteen (16) to nine (9). Schools must conduct at least two (2) tornado drills (one in September and on in March), three (3) crisis drills and four (4) fire drills per school year.
Crisis drills should reflect events that have a potential to occur in your school and can included but are not limited to, things such as a water main break, earthquake, missing student, hazardous spills, intruders, active shooters or medical emergencies.
The new law goes into effect on July 1, 2019 and will be in effect for the 2019-2020 school year. Attached to this notice is the new drill form which reflects the change in number of drills. If you have any questions please contact one of the following persons:
Lisa Garcia-Stewart, Director of Student Services
Henry R. Horn, Chief of Police
Joel Beckner, OSFM Prevention Education Consultant
firstname.lastname@example.org or 785-296-0659